Grace Will Take Us Where Hustling Can’t

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If you’ve been to any kind of sporting event, you’ve likely heard (or said yourself), “C’mon, let’s hustle!” Move faster, stay ahead of the game, git ‘er done. Hustling is a high value in our society-those who do get ahead. They win. But hustling pays a price. When we do it for too long, it becomes the way we feel …

Choosing Slow

Gina Butz grace, peace, rest 0 Comments

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I like efficiency. (It’s the hallmark trait of an Enneagram 3). The faster I work, the more I get done. If I get more done, I’m more likely to be seen, recognized, successful, valuable. Or so the logic goes. And so, I move quickly. I drive, as I …

Permission to Make Mistakes

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A friend of mine called one afternoon, in tears. She messed up. No way around it, no sugar coating. She made a mistake. It left her feeling disqualified. I resonate with the feeling. I’m an Enneagram 3-failure is my kryptonite. The accompanying shame is my greatest fear. That’s the kicker, right? The shame. The sucker punch in your gut that …

Learning to Walk (at an Unhurried Pace)

Gina Butz grace, rest 3 Comments

I shopped at Costco recently, and I realized, “I’m casually browsing.” I don’t remember the last time I casually browsed anywhere. Most of my shopping expeditions are like ninja missions, “You have eight minutes. GO!” This is one of the by-products of reclaiming my life. It began a few months ago when I made the decision to step out of …

You Are More Than a Number

Gina Butz grace, identity, loved 2 Comments

Sometimes a number becomes too important. In college, I was on track to graduate Summa Cum Laude. I only needed a 3.8. Unfortunately, I attended a university that factored minuses and pluses in the grades, rather than straight letters. I had no pluses-only some A-‘s. Those were enough to make me graduate with a 3.79 repeating. They didn’t round up. …

Why I Don’t Teach Sunday School . . . or . . . Finding My Yes

Gina Butz expectations, grace, identity 8 Comments

You will never see me teaching Sunday School to children. It took me years to be able to say that without embarrassment. What kind of person isn’t willing to teach children? Does Gina not like children? Does she not see the great potential in shepherding young souls? These are the questions I was sure people would ask. When my kids …